A girls Coders Hive coding camp was organized by STEMBees on the 5th – 10th of January 2015 in Accra Ghana to encourage and demystify coding (and information technology in general) to girls.
The 5 day coding camp involved 50 young female students between the ages of 11 to 15. The event was structured to educate the participants about the IT industry and developing software solutions. They also took part in tech and engineering experiments and empowering sessions.
STEMBees (STEM =Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths ) aims to empower more females in Africa to pursue careers in the world of computer science and technology, that seem to be male dominated. They hope to dispel these myths and give these girls the opportunity to experience the fascinating world of science first-hand.
“Hopefully, they may be inspired to further explore science-related fields when they return to their schools“, said Linda Ansong, a director of STEMBees and an an alumni of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST).
The camp was structured around educational forum by professional women in technology, computer programming, hands-on activities with tech kits and field-trips to leading tech companies in Ghana.